1) Jon Gibson (b. March 11, 1940; Los Angeles, California) is a flautist, saxophonist, and composer who uses other instruments from around the world in his performances and is known for his jazz and classical contributions. He was a founding member and longtime performer with the Philip Glass Ensemble for many years, and also performed in the premiers of In C by Terry Riley, and Drumming by Steve Reich. He has also performed and recorded with a number of other minimalist composers, and is an accomplished visual artist. See also: http://www.jongibson.net/
2) Jon Gibson is a Soul and Gospel/Christian Music pioneer. He spent Fifteen years Tied to record label contracts begining with Solar Records (Warner Brothers) in 1983. During his stint there, Gibson found himself working alongside pop icon Michael Jackson on the song “So Shy”, a cut for label mate Bill Wolfer’s first solo record. During the recording phase of Gibson’s first release, Standing on the One, Wolfer couln’t help but notice that for a white boy, Gibson sure had a lot of soul and sounded a lot like Stevie Wonder, so he introduced the two. Gibson and Wonder have been friends ever since, teaming up for the remake of “Have a Talk with God”, from Wonder’s legendary work, Songs in the Key of Life.
When the title cut to Gibson’s Standing on the One aired on secular stations, an attentive listener realized ‘The One’ was Jesus and took the album to KYMS, a Christian station in Orange County, California. This ultimately led to Jon’s signing with Frontline Records in 1986 and his introduction to the Christian music industry. He went on to record four albums with Frontline, which yielded twenty-two top ten hits and nine number ones. In 1992, his Forever Friends album was voted Album of the Year by CCM Magazine and Jesus Loves Ya was included in CCM’s The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. The title track off his CD held the #1 spot for 11 consecutive weeks. Gibson also helped mastermind Crystal Lewis’ first top ten hit, “Lost Inside You” and introduced Christian music to “rap” when he invited Kirk Burrell (later known as M.C. Hammer) to perform on “The Wall” in 1988. “The Wall”, screaming up the charts to land in the #5 slot on CCM radio paved the way for the re! sounding success of the Kirk Franklins and Gospel Gangstaz’ of today.
Edited by DigiDan on 16 Apr 2011, 17:39
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